Jamaica has selected 24 athletes to compete at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017 on 12-16 July.
The team includes the world under-18 leaders De’Jour Russell in the 110m hurdles and Kevona Davis in the 100m and 200m.
Last month, 17-year-old De’Jour Russell went up against the seniors in the 110m hurdles at the Senior National Championships and finished fourth in a world U18 best of 13.32 (0.7m/s) behind Olympic champion and world leader Omar McLeod (12.90), world No.2 Ronald Levy (13.13) and Hansle Parchment (13.19).
Kevona Davis won the girls’ sprint double in world-U18-leading times. On the opening day, the 15-year-old blazed to 11.24 (1.6m/s) to win the U18 girls’ 100m. The next day she ran a blistering 22.97 (0.5 m/s) to take the 200m title.
Jamaica has won a total of 50 medals, 19 of them gold, across the previous nine editions of the championships, putting them at fifth on the all-time medals table.
JAMAICAN TEAM FOR IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
100m: Xavier Nairne, Tyreke Wilson
200m: Xavier Nairne
400m: Anthony Cox, Antonio Watson
800m: Kimar Farquharson, Tyrese Reid
110m hurdles: De’Jour Russell, Brighton Senior
400m hurdles: Rovane Williams
Long jump: Wayne Pinnock
Triple jump: Owayne Owens, Safin Wills
Discus: Daniel Cope
100m: Kevona Davis
200m: Kevona Davis
400m: Shaquena Foote
800m: Cemore Donald
100m hurdles: Britany Anderson, Daszay Freeman
400m hurdles: Sanique Walker
High jump: Janique Burgher
Long jump: Annia Ashley
Triple jump: Lotavia Brown
Discus: Kimone Reid
Mixed 4x400m: Anthony Cox, Shaquena Foote, Joanne Reid, Sanique Walker, Antonio Watson, Rovane Williams